Fun in ICH – August Events

Fringe Activities of "The Oral Legacies Series II: The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong" Exhibition


Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office


Field Visit: Yu Lan Cultural Tradition


Every year during the seventh lunar month, communities in Hong Kong will organise various activities to tie in with Yu Lan Festival. Through various rites and rituals, offerings are made to ancestors, and alms are given to the homeless spirits, manifesting the Chinese traditional values of filial piety and the spirit of giving. The Chiu Chow ethnic group in Hong Kong is particularly keen on upholding the Chaozhou and Shantou folk customs. In 2011, the Yu Lan Festival was inscribed onto the third National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. 


On this site visit of the Yu Lan Festival of Tung Tau Estate in Wong Tai Sin, participants will be given the opportunity to study the layout of the grounds, the orientation of the bamboo sheds, the meticulous observation of sequential order of offerings on the altars etc. The participants will learn how the various make-shift bamboo structures are built in specific spots to facilitate interaction with the various rituals, from the theatre to the prayer altar, deity altar, and the rice shed. Behind such arrangements is the compassion and caring for the needy both in the mortal world and the netherworld.


Field Visit: Yu Lan Cultural Tradition Field Visit: Yu Lan Cultural Tradition



  3 August 2019 (Saturday)


  11 am – 12 pm


  Carpenter Road Park (53, Carpenter Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon)


  Mr. Anven Wu
  (Vice Chairman of Yu Lan Festival Safeguard Committee, Federation of Hong Kong Chiu
  Chow Community Organizations)


  20 persons


  10:45 am


  Entrance of Soccer Pitch, Carpenter Road Park


  Please click here for the online registration form.
  Registration deadline is 26 July 2019 (Friday), 5 pm (first come, first served).


  1. Applications will only be validated after receiving the confirmation email sent by the
  Intangible Cultural Heritage Office.
  2. Please arrive and register at the assembly venue 15 minutes before the tour commences.



Cantonese Opera Costumes Experience Workshop


There is an adage in Cantonese Opera about the importance of donning the right costumes: "Better torn than wrong". Glamourous, colourful and rich in variety, Cantonese Opera costumes are donned with strict rules, down to the last ornament. Actors would match the headdress, helmet and footwear according to the plot and characterisation. Participants of this workshop will learn the basics of donning opera costumes and have a brief idea on the daily operations of the wardrobe department in a troupe. With the assistance of the instructor, they will have the opportunity to dress up like the performers in Cantonese Opera, and enjoy the unique, hands-on experience.


Cantonese Opera Costumes Experience Workshop Cantonese Opera Costumes Experience Workshop



  24 August 2019 (Saturday)


  2 – 3 pm


  Lecture Room, Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre
  (Sam Tung Uk Museum, 2 Kwu Uk Lane, Tsuen Wan)


  Ms. Yeung Yi Heng (veteran Cantonese Opera wardrobe attendant)


  20 persons (15 for online registration, 5 quotas for walk-in registration)


Online Registration
Please click here for the online registration form.
Registration deadline is 16 August 2019 (Friday), 5 pm (first come, first served).

Walk-in registration
5 quotas will be reserved for walk-in registration. Interested parties may register for the event at the entrance of the Lecture Room at 1:30 pm on a first come, first served basis.

Language: Cantonese

Fee: Free admission

Enquiry: Miss Tse (Tel: 2780 2283, email:

2 Kwu Uk Lane, Tsuen Wan

(852) 2851 6134

(852) 2462 6320